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Two Cocopah Tribal Members Honored at Fort Yuma Ceremony

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“These individuals demonstrate our core values..."

     Longtime Indian Health Services employees Trivean Garcia and Ruth Cortez were among about a dozen others who were recognized for their outstanding work at the Fort Yuma Medical Home.
      “I like working with people; and the variety of work I do and using creativity to arrive at answers,” said Garcia, who has been a social worker at the home for 24 years.
     Garcia was named Employee of the Year along with Nicholas Flores.
     Cortez, who has been a benefits coordinator with the Fort Yuma medical home for 20 years, was honored along with five others in the Fort Yuma Revenue Team.
      The team won the Chief Executive Award for having exceeded their revenue goal, bringing in $3.3 million in collections to close the fiscal year in the black.
     “It felt good after all these years,” Cortez said.
     As reported in the Dec. 10 edition of the Quechan News, Daryl Melvin, Chief Executive Officer of the Fort Yuma Service Unit, said: “These individuals demonstrate our core values of caring, commitment, courtesy and compassion in providing services to the Cocopah and Quechan people, and other beneficiaries who receive care at the Fort Yuma Health Center.”
     The ceremony was held Thursday morning at the medical home.